After falling in love with This Accident of Being Lost this past summer, and then quickly devouring almost everything else she’s published, Jessica Johns jumped at the chance to chat with the award-winning writer prior to her trip to Vancouver for this year’s Writers Fest. Here, Leanne Simpson talks about interventions in writing, taking care for Indigenous audiences, and her advice to the community to lift up, listen to, and support Indigenous emerging writers, particularly the two-spirit queer and trans writers.

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She built a tower for herself. What a waste
of sand, they all thought, and to not lower
her hair down—who waits, in a desert, to be overcome

This is what I can tell you: On a June night in 1986, my mother drinks from a tall glass of ice water. The radio might be on. If it is on, she is listening to Patti or Luther or The Pointer Sisters or Whitney. She might be singing, voice off-key but still rising proudly up her throat.

The eviction notice came in the middle of a long winter, on one of those afternoons when M just couldn’t warm up, no matter how many sweaters and blankets she piled on her shoulders. 

—not part of me. She makes up games
like Quidditch and plays with me.
Body throws me down

If our gratitude dries parched, we think nothing of        water

If our tongues shrink, we  think of nothing       but water

nothing of water; foresight        shortened

dry, memory of                           these -dry -days

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Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of nine books of creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, and the judge of Room magazine's 2018 Short Forms Contest. In the following interview, Jane talks to Room's Mica Lemiski about their upcoming book of flash fiction, Soon I Will Be Dead, the shrinking word counts of literary magazine submissions, blurring genres, and what they look for in a contest submission.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her collection of poetry, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and her debut novel The Break has won numerous awards and was a Canada Reads 2017 finalist. Most recently, she won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for her documentary This River.

Kelly Morse talks about her resolution to have thirty submssions out at once so she couldn't obsess about one or two journals and writing about Vietnam while mindful of Western stereotypes and orientalism.

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UBC professors Mandy Len Catron and Carrie Jenkins talk about love and their new books, "How to Fall in Love with Anyone" (Catron) and "What Love Is and What It Could Be" (Jenkins).

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Why does it seem like every Canadian literary magazine—whether online or in print, or both—sponsors a writing contest? The first in a series on how writing contests function in the Canadian literary community.